WELCOME TO ECO DESIGN ARCHITECTS

Eco Design – Architects & Consultants  is an architectural practice which specializes in ecological friendly green building and consulting. Established in 1998 by Andy Horn, the practice has been at the forefront of the green building movement in South Africa and has won a number of international awards in the field of sustainable design.

Eco Design’s cutting edge sustainable solutions have been widely published both locally and internationally and have earned them the 2004 Sustainable Building Best Practice award for Residential Projects in the Africa Region  and the Silver Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction in Africa and the Middle East 2005.
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CURRENT NEWS
Moon Phase Harvesting of Timber for South Africa 2015

Times and dates for 2015’s Moon Phase Harvesting of timber in the South Africa.

APRIL: Wednesday 15th at 21:05pm - until Saturday 18th 8:50pm*

MAY: Friday 15th at 6:20am - until Monday 18th 6:10am*

JUNE: Saturday 13th at 4:15pm - until Tuesday 16th 4:00pm*



*Note: We have given the actual time of the new moon plus 5 minutes cut off time, before and after respectively for South African Standard Time (SAST).

*Note: For other regions in the Southern Hemisphere minus 2 hours to get to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Please continue reading for more information about the MOON PHASE HARVESTING of timber

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Is Concrete Overrated?

Have a look at the video interview with Andy Horn that was done for a talk he had given at the 2014 Cape Construction Expo entitled “BEYOND SUSTAINABILILITY – Regenerative Design and the Transition Towards a Post Carbon Architecture”

 
Solving pressing issues locally

We have recently completed a revitalization project for a heritage site in Mamre near Cape Town. They not only used local materials, but also involved and empowered the community by providing public participation forums and running a series of training programmes.
By building in this sustainable way, Eco Design Architects managed to address two of the most pressing issues of South Africa: unemployment and environmental pollution.

 
House Botes Design Development Print E-mail

New House for Mr and Mrs Botes in Agter-Paarl (Paarl - Western Cape). The house shall be built on the western slope of some beautiful granite clad foothills. The hybrid construction will incorporate rammed earth feature walls and cosy Strawbale external walls. Green planted roofs on face brick vaults to blend harmoniously with the lush, green surroundings.

Design Development for House Botes - 3D Model

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Latest Articles featuring Eco Design Architects

 



Media: Newspaper - "Property Junction"

Date:  January 2014

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(PDF - 1,1 MB)

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Media: Magazine - "Home"

Date:  September 2013

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Media: Magazine - "Earthworks"

Date:  Issue 14, June/July - 2013

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(PDF - 1,2 MB)

 

Media: Magazine - "Earthworks"

Date:  Issue 11, Dec/Jan - 2012/13

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(PDF - 500 KB)

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Media: Magazine - "Earthworks"

Date:  Issue 5, Dec/Jan - 2011/12

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(PDF - 620 KB)

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Nieuwoudtville Award

Eco Design Architects was awarded the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2005 & took silver in the Africa and Middle East Region for their designs for the Nieuwoudtville Caravan Site Upgrade

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"E-WIRE" lights by Andy Horn

The Eco Design lighting range is made from local or recycled materials. Standing Floor Lamps, Desk Lamps, Pendant Lights and Chandeliers are available. The lamp stands are from locally moon phase harvested alien timber. Recycled car parts are used as bases. Various paper shades & low energy LED light bulbs provide good lighting and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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Eco Design is also specialized in dome construction. A couple of dome structures have been built. Click below to view images

Project 1

Project 2

We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

All our manuals are also now available as E-Book downloads. Click here for the E-Books.